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24 May, Friday

CIA revealed its opinion about who ordered Khashoggi killing

According to a US media report, the CIA has high confidence that the order to kill Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level. The CIA reportedly linked members of the hit squad directly to the prince.

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The US Central Intelligence Agency believes Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last month, Khashoggi's former employer the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The CIA reportedly has high confidence in their assessment that contradicts the official Saudi line that a rogue group was behind the killing.

The report was confirmed by Reuters news agency and the New York Times, which both cited unnamed sources. Reuters said the CIA had briefed other government departments on their findings.

The report could throw a spanner in the works for the Trump administration's attempts to ease political pressure on their ally against Iran.

According to the Washington Post, the CIA examined multiple sources to reach its conclusions, including audio recorded inside the consulate and shared by Turkey, as well as an intercepted phone call from the Saudi ambassador (also the prince's brother) to Khashoggi during which he encouraged him to visit the Istanbul consulate.

The ambassador has vigorously denied he made such a call.

Deutsche Welle

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